Object #1027243 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

3 pages written by Sir Donald McLean to Susan Douglas McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0828 (82 digitised items). The letters from Donald are written from Porirua Barracks, Otaki, Rangitikei, Waikanae, Wanganui and Taranaki. Susan's letters are addressed from Dalmuir Hill (her parent's home) and Wellington Terrace. Many letters are undated and were written prior to their marriage in Aug 1851. Includes correspondence between Susan McLean and her mother Susan Strang (2 letters, undated); one letter from Helen Anne Wilson to Mrs McLean, 30 August 1852

A transcription/translation of this document (by MD) appears below.

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English (MD)

Monday 2 Decr 6 AM



You will see by the date my dear Susan that I have resumed my early rising. It requires no great effort to do so when I have anything to attend to. This morning I leave for the East Coast and have taken the opportunity before the Duncans get

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up to steal a few moments to write to you.

From Papa's note I fancy you have not been able to accomplish the Waikanae trip. If you have sent me a journal of your adventures to the East Coast. Papa will tell you when and how to send.

I am most anxious that you should attend your religious and historical reading, not in a trifling putting off way but in sincere reality determined to improve your mind and establish your faith on the unchangeable principles of Christianity.

Dress and everything connected therewith however necessary that you should be neat and tidy, is quite subordinate to the proper nourishing and

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clothing of the mind. When you have no other young companions take up your book determined to remember and improve by what you read. "Where there is a will there is a way" and a persevering good girl will always improve notwithstanding interruptions & obstacles.


Goodbye, yours
Always Donald McLean

English (MD)

Monday 2 Decr 6 AM



You will see by the date my dear Susan that I have resumed my early rising. It requires no great effort to do so when I have anything to attend to. This morning I leave for the East Coast and have taken the opportunity before the Duncans get up to steal a few moments to write to you.

From Papa's note I fancy you have not been able to accomplish the Waikanae trip. If you have sent me a journal of your adventures to the East Coast. Papa will tell you when and how to send.

I am most anxious that you should attend your religious and historical reading, not in a trifling putting off way but in sincere reality determined to improve your mind and establish your faith on the unchangeable principles of Christianity.

Dress and everything connected therewith however necessary that you should be neat and tidy, is quite subordinate to the proper nourishing and clothing of the mind. When you have no other young companions take up your book determined to remember and improve by what you read. "Where there is a will there is a way" and a persevering good girl will always improve notwithstanding interruptions & obstacles.


Goodbye, yours
Always Donald McLean

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0828 (82 digitised items)
Series 9 Inwards family letters, Reference Number Series 9 Inwards family letters (1204 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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